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Morning Briefing: Mets Wait Anxiously for Jeff McNeil Injury Update

Good morning, Mets fans!

The Mets lose to the Braves in a 5-3 final, despite showing late-inning life in the eighth. Zack Wheeler threw five innings Tuesday night giving up five runs on 12 hits to their division rival. Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 on the day, the fifth four-hit game of his career. Todd Frazier also had a good game with two hits on the day. Brad Brach and Drew Gagnon each threw a scoreless inning, while Luis Avilan and Jeurys Familia had a combined scoreless inning of work.

Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49) will face off against Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.83) on Wednesday night in game two of this three-game series at Suntrust Park. The game has a scheduled start time of 7:20 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted on SNY, WCBS 880 AM, and ESPN 1050 AM.

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In the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, Jeff McNeil was trying to run out an infield hit and came up lame when passing first base and being called out. He bent over in pain and it seems as though there was a bit of pain in his left hamstring. McNeil’s attitude towards the injury was condescending when speaking to reporters and doesn’t want to make an assumption about the injury until he knows how he feels Wednesday.

MLB Network has added three Mets games to their broadcasting schedule; Thursday, August 15 against the Atlanta Braves at 7:15 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, August 20, and Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m. EDT against the Cleveland Indians, as per the MLB Network PR.

The Mets have been working to improve and renovate their spring training facility, First Data Field, but have hit a bump in the road as their plans have exceeded their budgetary restrictions.

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Chris Sale has set a record for reaching 2,000 strikeouts in the fewest amount of innings (1,626 IP). The next fastest to reach that number was Pedro Martinez in 1,711.1 IP, as per Justin Long, Media Relations Manager for the Boston Red Sox.

Rafael Devers, 22, went 6-for-6 in yesterday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. This feat leaves him as one of only three players, since 1908, to have a six-hit game at age 22 or younger, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.

Joel Sherman reported that Tyler Austin is rumored to be signing a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nathan Eovaldi will return to the Boston Red Sox rotation and make his first start since late-April today against Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians. Alex Cora explained that his starter will be restricted to about 55 pitches in his first start since his surgery.

The New York Yankees have announced a few pitching changes Tuesday afternoon. Joe Mantiply, who is the Yanks recent pick-up, was designated for assignment along with Dan Camarena. The club activated Jonathan Loaisiga from the 60-day injured list and selected the contract of Adonis Rosa.

Former pitcher, Curt Schilling, is considering running for Congress in Arizona, as per Donald Trump.

Latest NL East News

 The Washington Nationals have signed Greg Holland and will begin in Double-A.

The Braves have selected the contract of Rafael Ortega who will be added to the active roster, as Patrick Weigel is optioned to make room.

Charlie Manuel has returned to the Philadelphia Phillies as he will be their new hitting coach after they fired their previous one, John Mallee.

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Tim Ryder talked about the recent successes of the “Buffalo”, Wilson Ramos.

Derek Reifer discussed the scorching hot Seth Lugo and his value to the Mets.

Mike Anthony wrote about J.D. Davis who just can’t stop hitting.

Logan Barer compared the two favorites for NL ROY in Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr. 

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday to McKay Christensen(44) and Eric Cammack(44).

1992: The New York Mets signed free agent Barry Jones.

2012: Mets traded Pedro Beato to the Boston Red Sox for Kelly Shoppach.

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